Category: Match Preview

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER ATHLETIC VS FOLKESTONE INVICTA

Dover welcomes neighbours Folkestone Invicta to Crabble tomorrow as preparations for the start of the new season continue.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men have had a good start to their pre-season campaign, scoring seven goals in victories against Ashford United and Deal Town.

Returning striker Ricky Miller has three of those seven goals and will be looking to add more as he looks to get ready for the new season.

The game could also see goalkeeper Adam Parkes get some minutes after joining on a season-long loan from Watford.

Tomorrow’s visitors start their season a week before Dover, and are deeper into their pre-season campaign. Thus far, they have played all their games at home, with this game being their first away from Cheriton Road.

Invicta’s record have been impressive and are currently unbeaten after five games, with a 3-3 draw against Eastbourne Borough sandwiched in between wins against Ramsgate, Welling United, Chatham Town and Hythe Town.

Last Meeting 

12th September 2020 – Folkestone Invicta 0 – 0 Dover Athletic

Admission Details 

Free for season ticket holders

Adults – £10

Concessions – £5

Under 11 – Free with paying adult

Details on prices for the rest of our home pre-season games can be found here – https://www.doverathletic.com/news/pre-season-friendly-prices/ 

Upcoming Pre-Season Fixtures 

24th July – Dover Athletic VS Folkestone Invicta (3:00pm)

26th July – K Sports FC VS Dover Athletic (7pm)

31st July – Dover Athletic VS Stevenage (12:00pm)

3rd August – Whitstable Town VS Dover Athletic (7:30pm)

6th August – Dover Athletic VS Watford (7:30pm)

7th August – Tonbridge Angels VS Dover Athletic (3:00pm)

MATCH PREVIEW: DEAL TOWN VS DOVER

Whites are on the road for the first time in their pre-season campaign as they travel to Deal Town this evening, looking to continue preparations for the new season.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men started their pre-season in fine form, putting four past Ashford United thanks to a double from Ricky Miller and a spectacular finish by James Caton in the first half before Aaron Cosgrave completed the scoring in the second half.

Hessenthaler looks set to continue to look at trialists this evening to help bolster the squad after using two separate sides last Saturday, both including a mixture of contracted players and players on trial at the club.

Our hosts this evening are deep into their pre-season schedule, with tonight’s match being their final game at The Charles Ground until their season opener against Chatham Town on 31st July.

They have been impressive in their pre-season, scoring 21 goals in their 5 games, which includes 3-0, 5-0, 6-0, and 6-1 victories over Hythe Town, New Romney, Hawkinge and Lydd Town respectively. They have also had a 1-1 draw against Whitstable Town.

Admission Details

Adults – £5

Concessions – £3

Gates as well as the bar will be open from 6.30pm.

Last Meeting 

3rd July 2018 – Deal Town 1 – 5 Dover Athletic

Upcoming Pre-Season Fixtures

20th July – Deal Town VS Dover Athletic (7:30pm)

24th July – Dover Athletic VS Folkestone Invicta (3:00pm)

26th July – K Sports FC VS Dover Athletic (7:45pm)

31st July – Dover Athletic VS Stevenage (12:00pm)

3rd August – Whitstable Town VS Dover Athletic (7:30pm)

6th August – Dover Athletic VS Watford (7:30pm)

7th August – Tonbridge Angels VS Dover Athletic (3:00pm)

MATCH PREVIEW – DOVER VS ASHFORD UNITED

We start our pre-season campaign this afternoon when we welcome Ashford United to Crabble.

Whites haven’t played a game since their 3-1 defeat to Yeovil in January, but with the new season now approaching, attention will turn to the future as match fitness will be at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Manager Andy Hessenthaler will be looking to give minutes to the seven new signings already announced as well as a number of trialists as he looks to build a squad ready to face Solihull Moors in our opening game of the National League season at Crabble on August.21st.

Today’s visitors kicked off their pre-season campaign last weekend with a 5-1 victory away at Rochester United.

Not only will this kick-off Whites’ pre-season campaign, but it will also be the first time we have had fans at Crabble since March 2020.

Admission details

Season ticket holders will be able to gain access to the ground for free, whilst it’s £5 for adults

Under 11’s are free if they are accompanied by a paying adult.

COVID-19 restrictions remain in place at Crabble, so if you plan on attending the game please adhere to the following: 

  • Please use the hand sanitiser points around the ground during your visit
  • Please maintain social distancing and wear a face-covering when you are moving around the ground at all times unless you are exempt
  • Seats that can be only used have been marked with a green tick
  • The Centre Spot will only be offering table service
  • Please DO NOT attend the game if you or someone else in your household has COVID-19 symptoms

Whites’ Upcoming Pre-Season Fixtures

  • 17th July – Dover Athletic VS Ashford United (3:00pm)
  • 20th July – Deal Town VS Dover Athletic (7:30pm)
  • 24th July – Dover Athletic VS Folkestone Invicta (3:00pm)
  • 26th July – K Sports FC VS Dover Athletic (7:45pm)
  • 31st July – Dover Athletic VS Stevenage (12:00pm)
  • 3rd August – Whitstable Town VS Dover Athletic (7:30pm)
  • 6th August – Dover Athletic VS Watford (7:30pm)
  • 7th August – Tonbridge Angels VS Dover Athletic (3:00pm)

MATCH PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN VS DOVER

Whites are back in action on Saturday as they travel to fellow National League strugglers Yeovil Town.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men will look to continue on from their 3-1 victory against Barnet on Tuesday night.  Will De Havilland scored twice in three minutes to put Dover 2-0 up inside 20 minutes, before a brilliant volley from Ahkeem Rose put Whites three up at the break.

Barnet did get one back midway through the second half, however Whites kept the visitors at bay in wet and muddy conditions as they picked up only their third win of the season to move off the bottom of the National League.

With that win, Whites now sit 22nd in the National League table, however still have games in hand over every team in the league due to COVID-19 postponements.

Meanwhile, our hosts only sit two places above us in the league table having only won four of their 16 games.

A win against Yeovil will see Dover remain in 22nd, however they will close the gap on their opponents and on Weymouth if they fail to beat Notts County.  However a defeat for Whites could see them drop down to bottom of the league if Barnet defeat league current league leaders Torquay.

A win for The Glovers could see them move up one place above King’s Lynn Town, however a Dover victory would see the hosts move into the relegation zone if Weymouth beat Notts County.

Despite this being the first meeting in the league this season, both teams have already played each other in the FA Cup this season.

On that day, The Glovers came away with a penalty shootout victory to move onto the First Round after Dover had twice come from behind to force spot kicks. Yeovil would make it to the Second Round of this year’s tournament before losing 3-2 to fellow National League side Stockport.

Saturday’s game could see former Glover Oscar Gobern return to Huish Park. The midfielder spent the 2017-18 season there, playing 11 league games for the club.

Yeovil’s Player to Watch

Joe Quigley has had a good season for The Glovers so far, having scored five in 14 games. The forward also has experience of playing in the National League, totaling up over 100 games for eight sides before his move to Yeovil.

Coverage

This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £9.99 on The Glovers streaming service ‘YTFC Live’.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Saturday’s National League Fixtures

Barnet Vs Torquay United

Boreham Wood Vs Eastleigh

Bromley Vs Aldershot Town (5.20pm)

Dagenham & Redbridge Vs Chesterfield

FC Halifax Town Vs Maidenhead United

Hartlepool United Vs Sutton United

King’s Lynn Town Vs Wrexham

Solihull Moors Vs Wealdstone

Weymouth Vs Notts County

Woking Vs Stockport County

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS BARNET

Dover will look to put their defeat to Solihull Moors behind them as they welcome fellow strugglers Barnet to Crabble.

Despite being on top during the early stages of Saturday’s defeat, a goal on the half hour mark turned the tide of the game, with The Moors doubling their lead in the second half.

Following that defeat, Andy Hessenthaler’s men remain bottom of the league, with The Bees sitting one place above them in 22nd.

Both teams have been hit with numerous postponements over the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Dover still having played the least amount of games out of everyone in the league.

It’s not been much better for Barnet with the side from North London only playing 2 more games this season, with only Whites and Solihull Moors playing less so far.

Both sides having matching records in their last five games, losing four and drawing one. A win for Dover will see them leapfrog the visitors and will go two points behind Weymouth if they lose away at Aldershot.

A win for Tim Flowers’ side will see them move level on points with Weymouth, however they will stay behind The Terras on goal difference.

The two teams only played each other once last season, with the game at Crabble being cancelled due to the pandemic.

Whites came away with all three points at The Hive earlier that season, with Inih Effiong scoring the only goal of the game in second half stoppage time.

Since then Effiong left Dover and joined Stevenage in the summer, he would then join The Bees on a one month loan where he scored once in five games for the club. After leaving Barnet, he joined Notts County on loan until the end of the season.

Tuesday evening’s match could also see the return to Crabble for both Jack Connors and Alfie Pavey who are now on the books at The Bees.

Connors joined Whites for the 2018-19 season, but only made 10 league appearances for the club, spending alot of his time out on loan at Hampton & Richmond Borough. He left Whites at the end of that season and joined Dulwich Hamlet at the beginning of last season, before earning a move back to the National League with Barnet this season. He has played five times for The Bees so far this campaign.

Pavey signed for Whites during the 2018-19 season and would go onto score 11 goals in 37 games for the club before leaving for Barnet a year later.

The forward is yet to score in 15 league appearances for the club, however missed most of last season with a broken leg. He joined Dartford on a two-month loan in November, but was recalled early after making four appearances for the fellow Kent side.

Barnet’s Player to Watch

JJ Hooper joined the club at the beginning of the season and is a proven goalscorer in this league, having scored regularly for both Bromley and Wrexham before joining Barnet. The striker also has four goals in 12 games this season.

Coverage

This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £8 on DAFCtv.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Tuesday’s National League Fixtures 

Aldershot Town Vs Weymouth

Altrincham Vs Wealdstone

Boreham Wood Vs Chesterfield

Bromley Vs Woking

Eastleigh Vs Dagenham & Redbridge

King’s Lynn Town Vs Stockport County

Solihull Moors Vs Notts County

Torquay United Vs Sutton United

Wrexham Vs FC Halifax Town

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS SOLIHULL MOORS

Whites are back in action on Saturday as they welcome Solihull Moors to Crabble in Vanarama National League.

Andy Hessenthaler’s side will look to bounce back from last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Wrexham where, despite being level at half-time thanks to Ahkeem Rose’s equaliser, two second-half goals condemned Whites to their ninth league loss of the season.

The Solihull Moors fixture was meant to be played in December, however, it was postponed due to COVID-19 in Whites’ camp.

The game was then rescheduled to take place on February 2nd, but with both sides having a free Saturday and with fixtures building up due to further postponements, the National League made the decision to bring the fixture forward.

Whites still sit bottom of the league, however, our home point against Boreham Wood moved us two points behind Barnet and Weymouth who sit 22nd and 21st respectively.

A win for Dover will see them move above both sides if each fail to get a result in their respective fixtures.

The Moors currently sit 12th in the league table having won seven of their 13 games played so far this campaign. They sit a point outside the playoffs and a win could see them move as far up as fifth if results go their way.

It was honours even in this fixture last season after a Jamey Osborne free-kick denied what would’ve been a third consecutive victory for Dover.

Inih Effiong put Whites ahead early on, however, Osborne equalised midway through the first half as the points were shared.

Solihull Moors’ Player to Watch

Jimmy Ball is the top scorer for The Moors this season with four goals in nine games. He also scored in Solihull’s 3-2 defeat to Aldershot Town in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night.

Coverage

This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £8 on DAFCtv.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Saturday’s National League Fixtures

Barnet Vs Altrincham

Bromley Vs FC Halifax Town

Chesterfield Vs Wrexham

Dagenham & Redbridge Vs King’s Lynn Town

Notts County Vs Torquay United

Stockport County Vs Boreham Wood

Sutton United Vs Eastleigh

Wealdstone Vs Aldershot Town

Weymouth Vs Hartlepool United

Woking Vs Maidenhead United

MATCH PREVIEW: WREXHAM VS DOVER

Dover travel to Wrexham on Saturday, looking to continue their impressive record of having never lost at the Racecourse ground in five previous visits.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men ended of run of five straight defeats on Tuesday evening with a 1-1 draw against Boreham Wood.  Athletic fell behind in the first half through Kabonga Tshimanga’s accurate finish, however TJ Bramble’s first league goal for Dover midway through the second half made sure the points were shared at Crabble.

This was only Whites’ second league game since 21st November due to two separate COVID-19 isolation periods.

Wrexham have played six league games in that time, winning two, drawing one and losing three. The Dragons have not played since the end of December following postponements.

Saturday’s game was one of the many games that were previously moved back due to COVID-19, with the original game supposed to have been played on 12th December.

Dean Keates’ side currently sit in 16th in the National League table, having picked up 6 wins in the 14 games they’ve played this season. Despite being in the bottom half of the table, they only sit three points off a playoff spot and have games in hand over many sides above them.

The two teams only came up against each other once last season, as the game at the Racecourse was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Dover came away with a 2-1 victory in the only game between the two sides last season. Despite going behind in the first half through Mark Harris, a Ricky Modeste  goal followed by an injury time own goal from Shaun Pearson sealed victory for Whites.

Saturday’s game will see the away side come up against a familiar face in Anthony Jeffrey, who joined The Dragons in September after leaving Whites at the end of last season.

Jeffrey has played eight times for the Welsh club, however has not been in the last two Wrexham squads.  If the ex-white does play, it will be his 150th league game in his career.

Wrexham’s Player to Watch

Adi Yussuf, who joined the club on loan from Blackpool this summer, is the top scorer for the club so far this season with five goals in 12 games. He is also a very experienced player in this league with over 100 games to his name.

Coverage 

This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game over on Wrexham’s website.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS BOREHAM WOOD

We are back in action for the first time since Boxing Day tonight when Boreham Wood visit Crabble in the Vanarama National League.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men have not played since the narrow 1-0 defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge at the same venue.

The following trip to Sutton was postponed due to a positive Covid-19 test result in the U’s camp before our game at Daggers was also postponed due to a covid investigation.

Our players and staff then spent 10 days in self-isolation meaning Weymouth’s visit to Crabble last Saturday was also called off.

We still have six players self-isolating, while Josh Passley is suspended following his red card against Dagenham.

Since Whites’ last game, Boreham Wood have only played one league game, beating Barnet 3-0 live on BT Sport.

Most recently, Wood was knocked out of the FA Cup in the Third Round by Championship side Millwall, losing 2-0.

Manager Luke Garrard’s side currently sits 11th in the National League. having picked up six wins in their first 13 games and are15 points ahead of Whites in the table.

Garrard was also named Vanamara National League manager of the month for December.

Athletic will look to make amends for last season’s 2-0 defeat in this fixture as goals from Sorba Thomas and Justin Shaibu condemned Whites to their third consecutive loss at that point.

The game will see the return of Femi Ilesanmi to Crabble.

The defender spent one season with us, which was sandwiched between a previous spell at Boreham Wood and his current spell at Meadow Lane.

Whilst at Crabble, Ilesanmi played 45 times in the National League, scoring twice.

Boreham Wood’s Player to Watch

Kabongo Tshimanga was the second top scorer in the National League last season with 19 goals and he’s continued that form into this season with The striker scoring seven goals and getting one assist so far this campaign.

Coverage

This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £8 on DAFCtv.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE

Dover are back in Vanarama National League action on Boxing Day as they host Dagenham & Redbridge at Crabble live on BT Sport.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men have not played a league game since November 21st due to a positive Covid-19, with five matches postponed.

One of those postponements, against Chesterfield, was due to be played on Tuesday, however it was postponed once again following a positive test in the Spireites’ camp.

Dover were in action last Saturday in the Buildbase FA Trophy, losing 2-1 at Woking despite taking the lead shortly after the break.

Since Whites’ last league game, Daggers have played five National League games, winning two, losing two and drawing once.  They were also defeated in the Second Round of the FA Cup at Mansfield Town, and most recently hammered Ebbsfleet United 5-2 in the FA Trophy.

Daggers currently sit 18th in the National League, nine points ahead of Athletic, though Dover currently have four games in hand over the visitors.

This game will see returns to Crabble for Dean Rance, though former Whites’ skipper Mitch Brundle is suspended after a red card at Torquay earlier this month..

Rance joined the club from Gillingham in 2012 on a one month loan, before joining permanently that summer after being released from Gills. He would spend the next year at Crabble before moving onto Ebbsfleet where he would spend six seasons.  In his time at Crabble, he would go onto make 37 league appearances in the Conference South.

The match will also see Daggers manager Daryl McMahon return to Crabble, where he spent the 2012-13 season as a player, featuring 28 games for the club, scoring three goals.

Both Rance and McMahon played against Salisbury in the National League South 3-2 Playoff Final defeat back in 2013.

Dagenham & Redbridge’s Key Player

Summer signing Paul McCallum is top scorer for Daggers this season with four goals. He also scored 13 National League goals last season for both Solihull Moors and Barnet, and scored in the Bees’ National League playoff win against Yeovil.

Coverage

This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game on BT Sport, with the game kicking off at 5.20pm.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Boxing Day’s National League Fixtures

Aldershot Town Vs Woking

Altrincham Vs Stockport County

Eastleigh Vs Weymouth

Hartlepool United Vs FC Halifax Town

King’s Lynn Town Vs Notts County

Maidenhead United Vs Wealdstone

Torquay United Vs Yeovil Town

MATCH PREVIEW: WOKING VS DOVER

After almost a month without a game, Dover travel to Woking on Saturday to kick off their Buildbase FA Trophy campaign.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men have not played since their 2-0 defeat against King’s Lynn Town in November due to a positive COVID-19 case which saw five matches postponed.

Since last month’s defeat to King’s Lynn, this weekend’s hosts have played three games, winning one and losing two. The Cards currently occupy the final play-off place, level on points with Wrexham and Maidenhead.

Whites will be looking to put their league form behind them as they head into a new competition on the back of a three-game losing streak. They currently sit bottom of the National League table, however due to the aforementioned postponements, have a number of games in hand over the teams above them.

This will be the second time in five weeks that these two sides have met, however Whites will want to forget about the result in the first game having been served with a 5-1 defeat.

Despite going ahead through Steve Rigg, Dover were hit for five through goals from Josh Davison, Kane Ferdinand and Max Kretzschmar, with the latter two getting two goals each.

Last season’s FA Trophy campaign was short-lived for Whites after losing on penalties against The Linnets after a 2-2 draw, whilst Woking also fell at the same stage, losing 3-1 away to Kingstonian.

Coverage 

This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £10 on Woking’s streaming service.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.